Quote:Do you remember what he looked like as a chick? Did he have any brownish chickdown on his head? Sometimes that much extra rust color is from the Db gene that inhibits melanin. He may have the proper melanizing genes, but the Db is holding them back. It's not a great gene to perpetuate in your flock. Often hens carry and don't express it, and pass it on to make more rusty roos. I didn't pay much attention to them specifically; mostly excited to see the coloring coming in , thn worying and watching to see how the colors developed. Will pay attention to the chicks next time for clues. Perhaps I will do a test breeding and look for the brown down. Thanks for your input.